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Meet The Staff: Zaynah Arefin

Born just outside of Los Angeles and soon after shifting to New York (I still hold that against my parents), I have grown up primarily in the suburbs of New York along the Hudson Valley. Despite the fact that I was deeply rooted in the Bangladeshi culture that I was raised in, the amount of South Asian girlfriends I had was almost non-existent for the majority of my life.

Salman Khan Turns 51: Celebrating One Of Bollywood’s Polarizing Stars

My inimitable love for him aside, Khan has seen his own fair share of ups and downs throughout his career, which has spanned a generous 28 years. Constant legal and personal battles have unfortunately marred Khan’s record, yet he remains in the hearts of millions who wait impatiently for his next big holiday release.

5 Reasons We’re Excited ‘Koffee with Karan’ is Back!

by Zaynah Arefin - Follow @ZaynahA November 6th saw the return of the massive hit show “Koffee with Karan!” We’ve been waiting eagerly ever since the announcement of the fifth season was...
Paper Magazine

7 Facts we Learned About Deepika Padukone From her Latest Spread in Paper Magazine

All set for the release of “xXx: Return of Xander Cage,” Deepika Padukone is beginning to circulate in American media with spreads in Vanity Fair and Paper Magazine.
sultan

Why ‘Sultan’ is a Game Changer for Bollywood and Salman Khan’s Career

Ali Abbas Zafar has finally struck gold after his past mediocrities, which came in the form of "Gunday" and "Mere Brother Ki Dulhan." It wouldn’t be fair to solely credit all the success of "Sultan" to Salman Khan, as this wasn’t the usual run of the mill Bhai film, attracting only the Khan’s mass following of smitten fans.
Ramadan

Reflecting on the Ups and Downs of Ramadan 2016

As another Ramadan comes to an end, I am content and grateful that I have been blessed enough to be here, and to have experienced another holy month of worship, repentance, and knowledge.
Mindy Lahiri

Mindy Lahiri Finally Explores Her Heritage, And Now We Love Her Even More

The highly lauded Mindy Kaling's "The Mindy Project" never fails to give us major feels because Mindy Lahiri gets us like no one else does. The latest episode of the Hulu series, titled “Bernardo and Anita,” touches upon an array of dilemmas familiar to South Asian Americans who are struggling with balancing our culture while aiming to simultaneously osmose into mainstream America.
mother

9 Stories Told in 3 Sentences Prove Mother-Daughter Relationships are the Strongest

Strong women make stronger women. These words couldn't ring truer when it comes to the beautifully empowered staff of Brown Girl Magazine. Each and every girl comes with her own stories, her own experiences, and strength. In every single word that each of these women writes are the hidden stories of hundreds of women before them who made it possible. Today, we take a moment to write about these women.

Bangladeshi-American Narmeen Choudhury on Chasing her Dreams as a News Broadcaster—and ‘Doing it All’

With an infectious smile and elegant demeanor, Bangladeshi-American Narmeen Choudhury graces the televisions of New Yorkers every week, deeming her a brown girl success story.

Here’s a Positive Take on Coldplay’s Heavily Criticized Music Video, ‘Hymn for the Weekend’

We've all heard, read and talked our faces off about Coldplay's newest and rather controversial music video. But we had a few more thoughts to share...promise, it's the last thing you'll hear about Coldplay from us.
Ekta Kapoor

Ekta Kapoor Fails to Understand Feminism With ‘Kya Kool Hain Hum 3’ Lyrics

Ekta Kapoor—known for her raunchy and vulgar productions such as “Ragini MMS” and “Love Sex Aur Dhokha”—is back with a bang with her new sex comedy titled “Kya Kool Hai Hum 3.”
Priyanka Chopra

Priyanka Chopra Becomes First Indian Actress to Ever Win a People’s Choice Award

It's confirmed: Priyanka Chopra has not only triumphed over Bollywood but Hollywood as well, officially.
Prem Ratan Dhan Payo

Prem is Back: 7 Reasons to Watch Salman Khan’s ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’

For all of us avid Rajshri Productions lovers who have been waiting 16 years to watch Sooraj Barjatya and Salman Khan come together once again to create magic on the big screen, our day is finally here!
Singh is Bliing

Akshay Kumar’s Film ‘Singh is Bliing’ Creates Upheavel in the Sikh Community

Akshay Kumar has hit the jackpot once again with his latest, “Singh is Bliing.” Ruling the box office has become the norm for Kumar, but so is sparking controversy.
The Brown List

Brown List is Back! BG Staff Recommends Fave August Products

Brown Girl Magazine staffers pick out the items you need in your closet, beauty bag and life! Don't miss the August Brown List!
cultural appropriation

Coldplay’s ‘Hymn for the Weekend’: Cultural Appropriation or Not?

Is Coldplay’s new “Hymn for the Weekend” music video starring Queen B and Bollywood beauty, Sonam Kapoor yet another example of cultural appropriation in pop culture or is Coldplay truly appreciating Indian heritage?

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